What Does SHIP Mean?

SHIP means "Relationship."

The term SHIP is popular in fanfiction circles and refers to a (usually romantic) relationship between characters in a book, film, TV series, manga, or anime.

In this context, SHIP is a noun. However, SHIP is also often used as a verb, when it means to endorse a relationship. Usually, the SHIP in question is not canon in the original story, but is promoted or endorsed by fans. Such SHIPs include those between Mulder and Scully in the X-Files TV series, and between Harry and Hermione in The Harry Potter stories.

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When I write SHIP, I mean this: meaning of SHIP Hermione and Harry were never a couple.

Summary of Key Points

"Relationship" is the most common definition for SHIP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of SHIP in Sentences

Here are examples of SHIP being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I think I'm starting to like Brad.
  • Jordan: I totally SHIP you both!
  • Tony: I always SHIPPED Dumbledore and McGonagall.
  • Jordan: Don't be silly! J K Rowling said Dumbledore was gay.

An Academic Look at SHIP

SHIP is a shortened version of relationship and is therefore a contraction. Contractions tend to be formed in one of three ways:
  • Using letters from the start of the word (e.g., AMP from amplifier).
  • Using letters from the start and end of the word (e.g., Dr from Doctor).
  • Using an apostrophe to replace a letter or letters (e.g., can't from cannot).
For reasons of brevity, contractions are rarely followed by periods/full stops and apostrophes are routinely omitted in text speak and on social-media platforms.

Example of SHIP Used in a Text


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